Examinations or oral health checks are a very important part of our preventive strategy. Your examination will include the following:
A chance for you to ask any questions and discuss any concerns you might have Please always feel free to ask any questions our examinations/ check ups always allow time for this and all our staff are always happy to answer any questions you might have.
An initial scan to check for broken teeth and wear of existing fillings.
Then a careful and detailed look at the teeth using compressed air to help highlight any areas of early decay- if we can find decay at this stage then we are able to get these areas to reharden using high fluoride or high mineral pastes(.- much better than waiting for a cavity and filling it!)
A gum check follows to identify any areas that may be at risk of gum or ‘periodontal’ disease.
Periodontal disease is a painless, often silent disease and so it is vitally important that this is constantly monitored. Like most diseases if it does develop then treatment is much more successful if the disease is picked up early.
An assessment of tooth wear. Here we try to identify
Damage from tooth Grinding, acid erosion (from acid reflux or acid foods and drinks) and/or toothbrush abrasion( damage from poor toothbrushing technique)
Oral Cancer Check
We start with a check inside the mouth for any lumps, bumps or patches
The palate, cheek, lips and tongue will all be examined
We then do a check externally for any swollen lymph nodes and also for any salivary gland tumours.
Our Denplan patients will also get a slightly more detailed ‘DEPPA’ assessment every two years which produces a report as shown below: